|Elizabeth Waterbury was born in Verona, Italy and began her musical studies on the piano. At age sixteen she was admitted to San Jose State University where she earned her Bachelor's Degree in Piano Performance, and started conducting with Dr. Charlene Archibeque. After earning her Master of Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Ms. Waterbury lived in Europe for six years conducting opera, orchestras and choirs. In 1990, Ms. Waterbury prepared the San Francisco Boys Chorus for their participation in the Grammy-award winning recording (Best Choral Recording) of Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana”. Ms. Waterbury received her DMA in Choral Conducting at the University of California at Santa Barbara, where she served as director of choral ensembles in 1994 through 1995. She was the founder and Artistic Director of the Santa Barbara Children's Chorus, with whom she toured Europe. She has served as assistant conductor for the Santa Barbara Grand Opera Association. In July, 1996, she participated in the International Choral Conductor's Symposium in Saintes, France under the direction of Michel Marc Gervais. Since August 1999 she is the Director of Choral and Vocal Studies at Shasta College. Recent performances of note include Mozart’s “Requiem” and J.S. Bach’s “Magnificat” with the Shasta Symphony, “Misa Criolla”, as well as other choral symphonic works. In 2002, she created the Shasta College Chamber Choir, which has since recorded two CD’s at the Basilica of Mission Dolores in San Francisco. With her husband bass-baritone Robert Waterbury, she created the Shasta Vocal Institute in 2000, an intensive vocal training program for aspiring singers.|
Robert Waterbury, bass-baritone, has over forty years of experience as a performing artist and voice teacher. He has appeared in concert, oratorio, and opera in the
His vocal students have entered prestigious conservatories and universities across America, including the AVA, USC, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Oberlin, New England Conservatory of Music, Florida State and Westminster College.
Ms. Weiss is well known to audiences as a soprano soloist with symphony orchestras and oratorio societies. In the North State she has been heard in such works as the Mozart Requiem, the Poulenc Gloria, and Orff's Carmina Burana. She has appeared with the California Bach Society and the Sacramento Early Music Consort. Ms. Weiss is an Adjunct Instructor of Voice at Simpson University, and has taught at Chico State University, Western Baptist College, and the University of Oregon. In addition to her experience as a voice teacher, she brings to the Vocal Institute an added demension of training from her in-depth knowledge of baroque music and performance practice.
Dr. Gerald Seminatore - Instructor of Voice (Tenor)
|For over two decades, the American tenor Gerald Seminatore has crafted a career combining musical |
performance and teaching spanning musical styles from the Renaissance to contemporary American musical theater.
Gerald began his professional musical career with ensemble engagements including the Handel & Haydn
Society, the Boston Early Music Festival, and the New England Bach Festival. He was an apprentice artist for two seasons
with the Santa Fe Opera, and subsequent American operatic engagements have been at the Glimmerglass, Chautauqua,
West Bay, Oakland, Riverside, and Dayton opera companies. He made his European debut at England’s Aldeburgh
Festival, and was a member of the solo ensemble at Germany’s Dortmund Opera (an “A” house). Further engagements
included the Frankfurt am Main Opera, Kaiserslautern’s Pfalztheater, and the Bremen Opera. Orchestral and oratorio
work has included appearances with the San Antonio Symphony, the Chautauqua Symphony, the Tulsa Oratorio
Chorus, the Cypress Masterworks Chorale, the Cincinnati Philharmonia, the Dortmund Philharmonic Orchestra, and the
Orchestra of the Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern.
RECITALS: Longy School of Music (Boston), Boston Conservatory, Dreikönigskirche (Dresden),
Carl-Maria von Weber Museum (Dresden), Nicolaikirche (Dortmund), Atelier Concert Series (Paris), Los Angeles
Shakespeare Theater, California State University Fullerton, Biola University, University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State
University, University of Texas San Antonio, Glimmerglass Opera Young Artists, Chautauqua Opera Guild.
AWARDS: MacAllister Foundation for Opera Singers (finalist), Metropolitan Opera National Council (Regional
Finalist), the Oratorio Society of New York, and the American Aldeburgh Foundation. National teaching fellowship from
the National Association of Teachers of Singing.
CREDENTIALS: B.A. Degree in Liberal Arts, Boston University; M.M. and D.M.A. degrees in Vocal Performance
and Opera Stage Directing, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. German language study at the
Dortmunder Volkshochschule is credentialed by the Goethe’s Institute’s Zentrale Mittelstufeprüfung.
WORKSHOP PARTICIPANT: South Coast Repertory Theater, OperaWorks, Richard Miller Seminar (Oberlin
College), Alexander Technique Training Institute, National Association Teachers of Singing Teaching Internship
PUBLICATIONS: “A Modest Proposal: Teaching Poetry through Song” NATS Journal
As a university voice studio and classroom teacher at Pepperdine University, the California State University,
and the University of Texas, Gerald has taught hundreds of students, coached myriad vocal recitals and small
ensembles, and developed classroom courses in language diction, song repertoire, pedagogy, and stage performance
techniques. His teaching embraces beginning, intermediate, and advanced students aspiring to acquire technical,
musical and interpretive skills for solo and ensemble singing in both “classical” and “music theater” styles. Gerald has
also taught myriad performance workshops and master classes at schools in the United States and in Germany.
|Dashiell Waterbury is a performer and stage director from California. He studied voice and acting at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, where he was featured in several operas, including as Monostatos in The Magic Flute, Orpheus in Orpheus in the Underworld and Tom Rakewell in the main-stage production of The Rake’s Progress. Past musical theater and drama roles include the Phantom of the Opera in Phantom, the Actor in The Fantasticks, Jack in Into the Woods, Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet and Austin in True West. He can be seen this year as Henry Harry in the two-person play Brilliant Traces. As a director, he has staged plays, scenes and operas, including Zaide and Abu Hassan with Queen City Chamber Opera.|
|Dr. Joseph Wiggett is the former Director of the School of Fine and Performing Arts, Musical Director of Opera Workshop and currently a Professor of Voice at California State University, Stanislaus where he maintains an extremely active Applied Voice studio in addition to his teaching duties in Vocal Pedagogy, Lyric Diction and Vocal Literature and Opera Workshop. In 2008, Dr. Wiggett became the Artistic Director and Stage Director of Townsend Opera of Modesto, for which, he produces operatic productions at the Gallo Center for the Performing Arts. In 2012, he was awarded the Stanislaus Arts Council Excellence in Arts Award for Excellence in Music. Accompanying the award were commendations from the U.S. House of Representatives, the State Senate and California Legislature, the City of Modesto and the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors in recognition of his “outstanding contributions to the Arts and Culture.”|
As a past member of the Juilliard Opera Center, the Lyric Opera of Chicago Center for American Artists, and the Prague Mozart Academy, he has performed over three-dozen operatic roles and brings a wealth of hands-on experience to the studio and stage. He has given recitals throughout the United States, Europe, and the former Soviet Union and is the recipient of numerous awards and honors including three Birgit Nilsson prizes, as well as two grants from the Puccini Foundation.
As a contest singer, Dr. Wiggett has ranked among the finest in the country and has taken first place honors in such prestigious competitions as the Metropolitan Opera New England Regional Auditions, the Chicago Union Civic and Arts Leagues Competition, and the Center for Contemporary Opera International Competition - held in New York City. He is also the only three-time winner of the prestigious, Lillian Nordica Prize.
Among his major debuts are roles with the New York City Opera, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, a solo recital in the Carnegie Hall Weill Recital Series, and his Lincoln Center debut at Alice Tully Hall as the baritone soloist in Orff's Carmina Burana. As a concert performer, Dr. Wiggett has appeared with numberous orchestras including the Manhattan, Boulder, Modesto, Bangor, Portland, Milwaukee and Colorado Symphonies. He holds degrees in Music Education from the University of Maine, a Masters Degree in Performance from the Manhattan School of Music and a Doctorate in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
|Described as a pianist with “an impressive blend of musicality and technical panache,” (Fanfare), American pianist Benjamin Boren enjoys a dynamic career as a soloist, collaborator, and pedagogue.|
In August 2011, Boren joined the music faculty at California State University Stanislaus as Coordinator of Keyboard Studies, where he teaches applied piano lessons, academic piano classes, group piano, upper-division theory courses, is director of the Ghiglieri Piano Competition, and serves on the faculty for Summer Music at Stanislaus. In addition to his university duties, Boren maintains a small private studio and is active as a competition adjudicator for various events in California.
Enharmonic Records released his debut CD, Benjamin Boren Plays Carl Vine, in 2012 to critical acclaim, including a rave review from Mr. Vine himself; the disc was also selected by Fanfare’s Phillip Scott as one of his Top 5 of 2012. Boren’s collaborative work can be heard on two Enharmonic Records releases - with world-renowned saxophonist Kenneth Tse in Written for Kenneth, and with violinist Rachel Patrick in Presenting Rachel Patrick. He can also be heard on Titanic Records, playing with flutist Alexander Viazotsev in From My Homeland.
Originally from Noblesville, Indiana, Boren began taking lessons at age six, first performed with orchestra at age eleven, and gave his first solo recital at age twelve. As a youth, his competition prowess led to performances with the Carmel Symphony Orchestra, Muncie Symphony Orchestra, New World Youth Orchestra (Indianapolis, IN), and for the “Suzuki and Friends” Chamber Series.
Boren holds a DM and MM in Piano from Indiana University, where he served as an Associate Instructor of Piano for six years and was twice a winner of the IU Travel Grant Competition; he also graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BM in Piano Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where he was awarded first prize at the undergraduate scholarship competitions three consecutive years. His principal teachers have included Andre Watts, Evelyne Brancart, and William Black; as a fellow of the Music Academy of the West and the Banff Summer Music Festival, he had opportunity to study with Jerome Lowenthal and Julian Martin.
Christopher Withrow is a native of Redding, California, and began studying voice with Robert and Dr. Elizabeth Waterbury at Shasta College at age 22. Mr. Withrow has since been an active performer with the Townsend Opera Players, Northstar Opera Company, Modesto Symphony Orchestra, Shasta College, Simpson University and other various groups. Mr. Withrow has been seen performing such roles as Gianni Schicchi in “Gianni Schicchi” and Papageno in “The Magic Flute.” He has performed with Townsend Opera as Doctor Grenville in “La Traviata”, Le Dancaïre in “Carmen”, Prince Yamadori in "Madama Butterfly", and Paris in "Romeo and Juliette." Mr. Withrow has also appeared in other opera scenes such as Giorgio Germont in "La Traviata", Tonio in "Pagliacci", Rigoletto in "Rigoletto", Don Giovanni and Leporello in "Don Giovanni", Don Pizarro in "Fidelio", and Mr. Lockit in the "Begger's Opera". He has performed as a baritone soloist in Johannas Brahm’s Ein Deutches Requiem, Ralph Vaughan William’s Dona Nobis Pachem, Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, Gabriel Faure’s Requiem, W. A. Mozart's Vesperae Solennes De Confessore, J. S. Bach's Coffee Cantata, and Felix Mendelssohn's Psalm 42.
Mr. Withrow is vocal performance graduate of CSU Stanislaus and studied under Dr. Joseph Wiggett. He is also a 2011 CSU Stanislaus student solo competition winner as well as the recipient of a major scholarship from the McConnell Foundation.
|Rafael Delsid was born in Aalen, Germany, 1990. He came to the U.S. at the age of 4 with his mother and older sister. At the age of 10 he began taking classical voice lessons as a boy soprano. His first opera was the Christmas opera, Amahl and the Night Visitors, where he played the titular role at age 11. Rafael previously attended Shasta Community College where he played the role of Tamino from Die Zauberflöte, Rinuccio in Gianni Schicci, and just recently Hoffmann in Shasta College’s 2011 production of The Tales of Hoffmann. He has done scenes as the Innkeeper in Der Rosenkavalier, Canio in Pagliacci, Romeo from Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette, Alfredo from La Traviata, The Duke from Rigoletto, and Joachino from Beethoven’s Fidelio. He has also been a tenor soloist with Shasta College in performances of Gabriel Faure’sRequiem, Schubert’s Mass in Eb, and with Simpson University was the tenor soloist for their performance of Mozart’s Solemn Vespers. He is currently a graduate of CSU Stanislaus and studied under Dr. Joseph Wiggett.|